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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

John McCain
U.S. Senator (R-AZ),
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
McCain: What might cause a surprise not just to our enemies, but to many Americans is how little these practices did to aid our efforts to bring 9/11 culprits to justice and to find and prevent terrorist attacks today and tomorrow. That could be a real surprise since it contradicts the many assurances provided by intelligence officials on the record and in private that enhanced interrogation techniques were indispensable in the war against terrorism. And I suspect the objection of those same officials to the release of this report is really focused on that disclosure; torture's ineffectiveness. Because we gave up much in the expectation that torture would make us safer. Too much.
John McCain
U.S. Senator (R-AZ),
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
McCain: Torture produces more misleading information than actionable intelligence. And what the advocates of harsh and cruel interrogation methods have never established is that we couldn't have gathered as good or more reliable intelligence from using humane methods. The most important lead we got in the search for Osama bin Laden came from conventional interrogation methods. I think it's an insult to the many intelligence officers who have acquired good intelligence without hurting or degrading prisoners to assert we can’t win this war without such methods. Yes, we can and we will.
John McCain
U.S. Senator (R-AZ),
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
McCain: That we ask those who fight it for us to remember at all times that they are defending a sacred ideal of how nations should be governed and conduct their relations with others, even our enemies. Those of us who give them this duty are obliged by history, by our nation's highest ideals and the many terrible sacrifices made to protect them, by our respect for human dignity. To make clear, we need not risk our national honor to prevail in this or any war. We need only remember in the worst of times through the chaos and terror of war when facing cruelty, suffering and loss that we are always Americans and different, stronger and better than those who would destroy us.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
Feinstein: The CIA in coordination with white house officials and staff initially withheld information of the -- withheld information of the CIA's interrogation techniques from Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. There are CIA records stating that Colin Powell wasn't told about the program at first because there were concerns that -- and I quote -- "Powell would blow his stack if he were briefed." source, email from John Rizzo dated July 31, 2003. CIA records clearly indicate and definitively that after he was briefed on the detainee Abu Zabuydah, the CIA didn't tell President Bush about the full nature of the E.I.T.'s until April of 2006.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
Feinstein: The CIA also misled other CIA white house officials. When Vice President Cheney's counsel, David Addington, asked CIA General Scott Mueller in 2003 about the CIA's video taping the waterboarding of detainees, Mueller deliberately told him that videotapes -- quote --
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
Feinstein: The second set of findings and conclusions is that the CIA provided extensive inaccurate information about the program and its effectiveness to the White House, the Department of Justice, Congress, the CIA Inspector General, the media, and the American public. This conclusion is somewhat personal for me. I remember clearly when director Hayden briefed the intelligence committee for the first time on the so-called E.I.T.'s at that September, 2006 committee meeting. He referred specifically to a -- quote --
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
Feinstein: As the executive summary notes, the CIA had engaged in rough interrogation in the past. In fact, the CIA had previously sent a letter to the intelligence committee in 1989, and here is the quote, that inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers, end quote. That was a letter from John Helgerson, CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, dated January 8th, 1989.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
Feinstein: In November 2002 an otherwise healthy detainee who was being held mostly nude and chained to a concrete floor died at the facility from what is believed to have been hypothermia. In interviews conducted in 2003 by the CIA officer of the inspector general, CIA 's leadership acknowledged that they had little or no awareness of operations at this specific CIA detention site. And some CIA officials, excuse me, senior officials believed erroneously that enhanced interrogation techniques were not used there.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
Feinstein: The CIA engaged two contract psychologists who had never conducted interrogations themselves or ever operated detention facilities. As the CIA captured or received custody of detainees through 2002, it maintained separate lines of management at headquarters for different detention facilities. No individual or office was in charge of the detention and interrogation program until January of 2003, by which point more than one-third of CIA detainees identified in our review had been detained and interrogated.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/09/2014
Feinstein: In November 2002 an otherwise healthy detainee who was being held mostly nude and chained to a concrete floor died at the facility from what is believed to have been hypothermia. In interviews conducted in 2003 by the CIA officer of the inspector general, CIA 's leadership acknowledged that they had little or no awareness of operations at this specific CIA detention site. And some CIA officials, excuse me, senior officials believed erroneously that enhanced interrogation techniques were not used there.
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